Mandatory Gear List

The mandatory equipment is divided into two categories, equipment you and your team must carry at ALL times, and equipment you and your team must carry during a specific DISCIPLINE. It is not a list of what you should take, just the mandatory items that you must take for injury and short term survival purposes. Checks of mandatory equipment will occur during the race and missing equipment may result in penalties or disqualification as per the Race Rules. General Notes:

  • Mandatory Personal Equipment is divided into two categories. Items that MUST be carried by each team member at all times (not passed to team mates to help lighten the load) and personal equipment that may be shared. Despite the rule that states that team mates stick together at all times, teams frequently get separated and the gear you carry at all times will help you survive and be located should you find yourself detached from your team.
  • Mandatory Team Equipment can be shared any way a team likes
  • Do not carry any prohibited items as outlined in the Race Rules
  • Make sure you have all Mandatory Gear before you leave a TA otherwise tough penalties may be applied and you may not be permitted to continue on the course until absent item is located
Mandatory Personal Equipment – on each person at all times
Item Quantity Notes
Whistle 1 Pea-less so it functions when wet. Easy accessible at all times
Official Race Bib 1 Must be worn at all times as the outermost garment
Waterproof Jacket 1 Should be modern, breathable, technology. Must be seam sealed
Long Sleeve Top 1 This first layer garment must be of a thermal material e.g. polypro or wool, not cotton. Short sleeve top with full length arm-warmers is acceptable.


Mandatory Personal Equipment – may be carried by any team member
Item Quantity Notes
Headtorch 1 Must be working when checked
Survival Bag 1 Silver foil type. Enclosed bag style only – no foil blankets
Hat 1 Warm, beanie type, not cotton. Polypro, thermal, merino as a minimum
Waterproof Trousers 1 Should be modern, breathable, technology. Must be seam sealed
Long Pant Bottom 1 This first layer garment must be of a thermal material e.g. polypro or wool, not cotton. Shorts with leg warmers is not acceptable
Warm Top 1 Long sleeve fleece of ‘200’ weight rating or synthetic/down jacket with equivalent fill power or greater
Gloves 1 Long fingered, polypro, thermal, merino as a minimum


Mandatory Team Equipment – carried at all times
Item Quantity Notes
First Aid Kit 1
  • 3x crepe/stretching bandage (min 7.5cm x min 2.3m unstretched)
  • 1x triangular bandage (+ 2 safety pins)
  • 2x sterile dressings (min 10cm x 10cm)
  • 10m (minimum) of strapping tape sufficient to strap multiple injuries (highly recommend spare rolls in box)
  • Strong antihistamine tablets (e.g. Phenergan or Polaramine) (taken for allergic reactions)
  • Pain killers (paracetamol, ibuprofen or similar)
Compass 2 Southern Hemisphere variety
Pocket Knife 1 Minimum 2 inch blade, sharp enough to cut rope or webbing in an emergency
Spare Headtorch 1 To serve as back up to 4 personal headtorches
Tent 1 The tent  (carried as an emergency shelter) must be rated at least 3 seasons. Must have a sewn in floor. Waterproof single skin tents acceptable, double skin recommended. Must be sufficient size for all team members to fit inside, this will be tested. Must include all poles, pegs and ropes. No bivy bags
Sleeping Bags 4 Must be proper sleeping bags. No bivi bags, blizzard bags, top bags or wraps. Must include synthetic or down insulation and be full body length
Route Book, Maps, Race Passport Route Book and map of area you are in must be carried at all times. Control Card/Race Passport information will be released in the pre-event briefing
GPS Tracker and Emergency Beacon 1 Provided by the organisers.  Must be carried as specified by officials at all times
Strobe Light 1 Must be white light, high intensity (e.g. Xenon strobe lamp), 360 degree visibility, waterproof to 1m or greater, visible beyond 1nm (1.9km) and with charged batteries. It can be used in an emergency situation (on both land and sea) to alert others to your location. Headlamps or cycle lamps that flash are not acceptable
Stove 1 Capable of boiling water and supporting pan (see below). Will only be carried on specific sections of the race
Fuel Transported in suitable container. Enough fuel for Stove to boil 5 litres of water. Will only be carried on specific sections of the race
Pan 1 Capable of holding and boiling at least 1 litre of water. Will only be carried on specific sections of the race


Mandatory Personal Equipment – Mountain Biking
Item Quantity Notes
Mountain Bike 1 Mechanically sound
Helmet 1 International Safety Certification
Front Light 1 Must be working when checked. One or two white or amber headlights that can be seen from a distance of 100 metres (one of these headlights may flash).  Helmet mounted lights acceptable
Back Light 1 Must be working when checked. A red rear-facing light that can be seen from a distance of 100 metres (this may be steady or flashing). Bike mounted, not on backpack
Reflector 1 You must have a rear reflector (or reflective tape) that is visible from a distance of 100 metres when light shines on it (eg a car’s headlights). This is New Zealand law and must be enforced


Mandatory Team Equipment – Mountain Biking
Item Qty Notes
Repair Kit 1 Contents optional but at least enough to mend several punctures, a slashed tyre and broken chain. We highly recommend that you carry a spare rear light as these commonly break during events and will need to be replaced before continuing in the dark


Mandatory Personal Equipment – Water Activities
Item Quantity Notes
Paddle 1 Competitors to supply their own double bladed variety. All team paddles will need to be stored together for transport and tagged with your team name and team number (available before the start). You can use a dedicated storage bag for your 4 team paddles or alternatively simply bind them together securely. Ultimately, the safety of your paddles in transit is up to you so think carefully about how they are packed
PFD 1 Buoyancy vest that is securely fitting, free of defects and with minimum 55N buoyancy – International Standard
Glow Sticks 100mm glow stick in a highly visible position at all times (i.e. shoulder position). Attached securely to PFD day and night. Glow stick is to be glowing when dark. Multiple sticks may be required (we recommend 2 per person)
Dry Bag 1 For dry storage of equipment (we highly recommend that this is a high quality dry bag which you can fit your entire backpack inside. It is acceptable to have 2 extra large dry bags per team each capable of holding 2 backpacks
Spray Deck 1 Waterproof material, neoprene or similar. To fit cockpit size 84cm x 40cm (must be a secure fit). Note: Most teams hire these from the event organisers
Whistle 1 Fixed to PFD, easily accessible. Pea-less so it functions when wet
Pocket Knife 1 Fixed to PFD via a lanyard so that it is easily accessible and within reach at all times. Blade long enough to cut rope or webbing in an emergency
Helmet 1 Whitewater certified design with no visible signs of wear or defects. This will be used to protect your head whilst white water paddling. Certified multisport helmets such as the Scarab Kong are acceptable
Wet/Dry suit 1 Neoprene-style that has a minimum thickness of 2mm. Recommend Farmer John style. Dry-suits acceptable.


Mandatory Team Equipment – Water Activities
Item Quantity Notes
Throw Bag 2 10 metres in length minimum, rope must float, and it must be secured to boat and easily reachable at all times. One per boat
Duct Tape 1 Roll of tape to be kept in dry bag which can be used to temporarily repair any holes, cracks or leaks
Bailing Device 4 Device for removing water from flooded kayaks. Can be hand pump or cut up milk container
Inflatable Pump 1 Pump that can be used to inflate canoes. Highly recommended that teams bring two. Details on valve fittings will be provided in Newsletter 2
Glow Stick 100mm glow stick attached to rear deck of each boat. Glow stick is to be glowing when dark. Multiple sticks may be required (we recommend 6 in total)
White Light 2 White light visible for 360 degrees that will need to be attached to rear of kayak during hours of darkness. Waterproof. Headtorch not acceptable


Mandatory Personal Equipment – Rope Activities
Item Quantity Notes
Harness 1 Climbing variety in excellent condition with no visible signs of wear and tear. Skimo, ski touring or ultra lightweight harnesses not permitted. Must have a proper metal buckle and be designed with rock climbing in mind
Carabiners 3 Climbing variety in excellent condition with no visible signs of wear and tear. Twist lock or screw gate acceptable
Slings 2 120cm length (i.e., when laid out, pulled tight and measured end to end)
Gloves Full finger coverage, leather or equivalent grip

Note: First Aid Kit

The list above is the MINIMUM required and is in place to deal with ‘trauma’-style injuries and acute blood loss. However, by far the most common injuries or illnesses in expedition events are due to cold/heat, gastrointestinal complaints or are foot related.  We highly recommend you consider, as a team, what other items you may require (electrolytes, immodium, blister dressings, foot lubricant, etc). It is important that you and your team mates take personal responsibility for understanding the practical application of the above items. In most cases you will be the first responder to any injuries within your team. We will have a number of trained medical staff positioned around the course but they are there to deal with emergencies and will not be available to deal with standard AR-related injuries such as sore feet, blisters and chaff. With a number of teams only coming together just before the event it is important that you talk together about any medical issues you may have, however personal. For those of you who have personal medication e.g. inhalers, please carry a spare with you when out on the Event (not just in transition bag).